BEES have completed a six week Forest Skills programme with Silver Pathways from Dixons Allerton Academy at Stony Ridge Plantation. The project aims to bring young people closer to outdoor spaces in their local area by using practical skills in a woodland setting. In the six weeks the young people have learnt how to light a fire, wood carving skills, tracking animal skills, making bird boxes and den making.
Here are some of the comments from the young people at the end of the project:-
'I have learnt the three elements of fire and that there is a tree called the Silver Birch Tree which you can drink its sap and use the skin to make a fire with it. I also learnt how to build a birdhouse' 'I wish I could stay longer here in the woodland or come again sometime'. Qasim
What have you enjoyed the most? 'Tracking the deer in the snow, I got to see one too.' Ateeq.
Stony Ridge Plantation is owned by Hallmark Cards and is used as a base for outdoor education for the benefit of people around the Bradford District.
The entire programme was funded by The Evan Cornish Foundation:- http://www.evancornishfoundation.org.uk/
Click here to view pictures in our gallery of the 6 week programme with Dixons Allerton Academy.